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President Barack Obama, Malia Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Sasha Obama walk to board Air Force One after leaving Yosemite National Park via helicopter, on Sunday, June 19, 2016, after visiting the park to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the creation of America's national park system.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Here's how the Obamas are transitioning into private life, as explained by Michelle Obama


A few days after former President Obama spoke publicly for the first time since leaving the White House in January, first lady Michelle Obama also made a return to the spotlight, providing a glimpse of the Obamas final days on Pennsylvania Ave. and how private life has treated them thus far. 

Here are five insightful -- and fun--tidbits of information gathered from Mrs. Obama's Thursday speech at the America Institute of Architecture convention in Orlando.

She's relieved

It should come as no surprise that it's difficult to raise a family under the presidential spotlight. But in her Friday speech, Obama is relieved to not have "the weight of the world upon [her] shoulders."

"It's good to get out of the house," she said about being at the event. "(It's been) so far so good -- it hasn't been that long since we left."

Sasha and Malia thought the sounds of protesters were "soothing"

Perhaps contradictory to public opinion, the Obama daughters liked listening to the protesters outside the White House. Mrs. Obama recalled an incident when the Obama girls had attempted to open their bedroom window that faced the public.

Even the Obama girls love chicken nuggets and sleepovers

They may be nearly grown adults, but that didn't stop Sasha and Malia from hosting a final sleepover with a group of friends at the White House. On the menu? Chicken nuggets.

Mrs. Obama was hesitant to express her emotion on Inauguration Day

As Barack and Michelle joined Donald and Melania in front of the White House on Jan. 20, Malia and Sasha escaped through the back doors with tears in their eyes. Mrs. Obama, however, said she didn't want "to have tears in my eyes for the new president." 

“I didn’t want to have tears in my eyes because people would swear I was crying because of the new president,” she continued. 

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania at the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In reality, Mrs. Obama explained that Inauguration Day was bittersweet not only because it was the longest place she's ever lived in her entire life, but it was also where her family built memories.

What's a door bell?

Two important members of the Obama clan -- Bo and Sunny -- are transitioning to private life as well. Unlike traditional houses, the White House doesn't have door bells.

"You can imagine our two dogs, Bo and Sunny, who had never heard a doorbell in their life,” Mrs. Obama said.

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